By Christmas, less than four months after they met, they were telling each other, "I love you."
When the school year ended, Malia, who is now 28, moved to Chicago. She got a job teaching in a charter school network. And Bill, also 28, an accountant, became so compelled by her passion for helping students that he took a charter school accounting job to help the school make the best choices on where to spend its limited funds.
When she was ping-ponging between Bill and Malia, matchmaker Aunt Cindy's parting words were, "Invite us to your wedding."
And so they did.
Bill Kiolbasa and Malia Burns were married July 7 on Orcas Island, off the coast of Washington, north of Seattle.
The guests got a laugh when they read the wedding program. It was imprinted with a quote from Bill — something he told Malia on the dance floor, 30 minutes after that first meeting:
"I want to be an honest gentleman about this, so I need to tell you that I don't think anything truly romantic could happen from meeting at a wedding."
Matchmakers, be brave! Sometimes your efforts will be rejected, disparaged or ignored. But once in a while, even when the singles are reluctant, wonderful things can happen.